US Senators Propose Legislation to Move Homeless Veterans to West Los Angles VA Campus

HOMELESS VETERANS

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BY MIRIAM HERNANDEZ

After Al Gunn’s lower right leg was blown off by a land mine in Vietnam in 1972, he turned to substance abuse and homelessness shortly followed.

But, he’s now getting transitional help at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ campus in West Los Angeles. Yet, like 6,000 other veterans in Los Angeles County what he really needs is permanent, affordable housing.

“There’s an awful lot of empty buildings around here that could be rehabbed,” Gunn said.

On Thursday, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, in conjunction with Rep. Ted Lieu, called for legislation that would facilitate homeless veterans on the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus. It would allow nonprofits to enter long-term leases for housing on the sprawling campus.hire vets

Hillary Evans, director of housing services for New Directions for Vets, is already operating at the location with temporary housing for 400 vets, but the hope is to expand.

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